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  • Turkish High Court rules that Hagia Sophia will remain a museum

    The petition, filed in 2015, requested that Muslim prayers and readings from the Quran be allowed in Hagia Sophia, which is now a museum

    ΤοΒΗΜΑ Team

    Turkey’s Constitutional Court rejected a petition to turn Hagia Sophia into a Mosque.

    The petition was filed three years ago by the Turkish Union of the Service of Permanent Vakifs (properties endowed to religious institutions) of Historic Monuments and the Environment, an NGO.

    It requested that Muslim prayers and readings from the Quran be allowed in Hagia Sophia, which is now a museum.
    The same NGO in 2004 had asked the prime minister to enact a legislative revision so that Hagia Sophia could open as a Mosque, but received no reply.

    In 2005, the NGO petitioned the Council of State, which rejected the request. Ten years later, in 2015, it petitioned the Constitutional Court, with the claim that a refusal to turn Hagia Sophia into a Mosque constitutes a violation of freedom of religion.

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